25th June, 2010
The General Officer commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army Enugu, Major General Mohammed Isah, has paraded members of a four-man gang who allegedly kidnapped Prince Will Ilo, a brother to the secretary to Enugu State government, Martin Ilo and Engr. Emejulu, a business mogul from Anambra State. They were paraded at the division headquarters in Enugu State, Nigeria.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the gang in a Toyota Hilux Truck with Enugu State’s registration number mistook their victim for the secretary to the state government when they found his (Martin Ilo) documents in the victim’s vehicle.
General Isah said: “Immediately I got the information, I alerted the directors of the State Security Service, SSS, in the southeast and the police commissioner, and the joint efforts paidoff. When we got hint of the kidnappers’ hideout, I asked my men to strike and they were able to nail them.”
He also disclosed to the newsmen that two of the kidnappers bled to death on their way to hospital as a result of injuries sustained during the gun duel with soldiers and policemen in their Uburu hideout in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State where they held their victims hostage. But the suspects denied the kidnap allegation.
Speaking to journalists, one of the alleged kidnappers, Chukwudi Onu, who claimed to be a panel beater and spare parts seller at Uburu, stated that he was called by a friend to work on his car and they were on their way when policemen opened fire on them.
Also refuting the allegation is Sunday Onu, a trader at Ogbete Market in Enugu metropolis, who hails from Asaga Arochukwu-Abia State. He said that he was invited to guard some people, where he will be paid an undisclosed amount, when he was arrested.
He is currently receiving treatment at the divisionâ€™s military hospital Abakpa Enugu.
Items recovered from their hideouts include 700 bullets of 7.2 mm special, 52 magazines, three AK47 rifles and a pump action gun.
P.M.NEWSÂ gathered that the gang had earlier kidnapped seven persons and killed two .
â€”Jude Orji\ Enugu